IFC Resettlement Handbook

Without proper planning and management, involuntary resettlement may result in long-term hardship for affected people and environmental damage to the locations in which they are resettled. This was one of the first good practice guides for project-related resettlement and is as useful now as when first published.

IFC PS5: Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement

The standard and guideline provide a good starting point for anyone working on a project where relocation is being considered.

IFC PS6: Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources

PS6 recognizes that protecting and conserving biodiversity, maintaining ecosystem services, and managing living natural resources adequately are fundamental to sustainable development.This is especially relevant in developing countries where natural resource-based livelihoods are often prevalent. 

IFC PS3: Resource Efficiency and Pollution Prevention.

Industrial activity and urbanization can increase levels of pollution that may threaten people’s health and the environment. PS3 guides companies to integrate practices and technologies that promote energy efficiency, use resources—including energy and water—sustainably, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The standard and supporting guideline make for a good starting point for a novice.

IFC PS8: Cultural Heritage

This is a good starting point for anyone wanting to get their head around how to address issues relating to cultural heritage their project or operation might be facing.

IFC Local Procurement Guide

This short guide is designed to help companies design and implement a local procurement policy and strategy.

IFC Strategic Community Investment Quick Guide

In a very crowded field this gives a good introduction to taking a more structured approach.

IFC Strategic Community Engagement for Juniors

A new community engagement resource for smaller companies.

IFC Stakeholder Engagement Good Practice Guide

One of the early guides; comprehensive; easy to read; easy to dip in and out of.

IFC Grievance Mechanisms Good Practice Guide

This guidance is as relevant and useful today as it was when it was published by the IFC in 2009.

IFC Webinar: Performance Standards 101

A good way to spend an hour getting an introduction to how the performance standards work.

IFC Webinar Introduction to the performance standards

IFC In-Migration Guide

This guide fills a gap in assessing and addressing the risk of in-migration through better recognition, understanding and management of the issue.

IFC Health Impact Assessment Guide

You don't need to be a health professional to learn a lot from this guide.